Monday, October 26, 2015
Zuck: Yeah so if you ever need info about anyone at Harvard
Zuck: Just ask
Zuck: I have over 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses, SNS
[Redacted Friend's Name]: What? How'd you manage that one?
Zuck: People just submitted it
Zuck: I don't know why
Zuck: They "trust me"
Zuck: Dumb fucks
— Mark Zuckerberg in 2004 during the early days of "The Facebook"
Posted by defconquell at 8:10 PM
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
"The US is now spending 26% of available tax revenue to pay interest on the $18 trillion outstanding. Total US interest payments in Fiscal Year 2013 were a whopping $415 billion, roughly 17% of total tax revenue. Here's the thing, though - it's inappropriate to look at total tax revenue when we're talking about making interest payments.
The IRS collected $2.49 trillion in taxes last year (net of refunds). But of this amount, $891 billion was from payroll tax. According to FICA and the Social Security Act of 1935, however, this amount is tied directly to funding Social Security and Medicare. It is not to be used for interest payments.
Based on this data, the amount of tax revenue that the US government had available to pay for its operations was $1.599 trillion in FY2013. This means they actually spent approximately 26% of their available tax revenue just to pay interest last year, a much higher number than 17%." — Simon Black
Posted by defconquell at 9:59 PM
Monday, October 19, 2015
"Muscles without strength, friendship without trust, opinion without risk, change without aesthetics, age without values, food without nourishment, power without fairness, facts without rigour, degrees without erudition, militarism without fortitude, progress without civilization, complication without depth, fluency without content; these are the sins to remember." — Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Posted by defconquell at 8:57 AM
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
"Bad Boy for Life" is a song by American rappers P. Diddy, Black Rob and Mark Curry, featured on Diddy's 2001 third album The Saga Continues. Produced by Megahertz (Dorsey Wesley), it was released as the second single from the album in November 2001 and reached number 33 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.
The music video was directed by Chris Robinson, filmed in June 2001 and released in early July, and features a number of cameo appearances including guitarist Dave Navarro, drummer Travis Barker, actor Ben Stiller, actor Richard Dunn, rappers Xzibit, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, boxer Mike Tyson, television host Pat O'Brien, basketball players Shaquille O'Neal, Baron Davis and rap rock band Crazy Town. The video was nominated for Best Rap Video at both the 2002 MVPA Awards and the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards.
Posted by defconquell at 12:09 PM
Monday, October 12, 2015
Kevin Richardson is a South African animal behaviourist who has worked extensively with native animals of Africa. Richardson worked in a 1600-acre Lion Park in Broederstroom, a town 35 miles north of his hometown, Johannesburg, in South Africa. While specializing in lions, he also interacted with hyenas and leopards.
Richardson has a special facility called the Kingdom of the White Lion in Broederstroom. The park, which was set up with the help of Rodney Fuhr, is 800 hectares (2,000 acres) and was built for the set of the movie White Lion. Richardson cares for thirty-nine lions at this facility. Currently, the facility is private, but there are plans to open it to the public.
Richardson has worked with big cats and relies on intuition rather than static rules. He has slept next to, fed, and lived with lions. Along with lions, he has worked with cheetahs, leopards, and hyenas. He prefers lions to any other big cat. His relationship with the animals, however, has not been an instant one. He has known all of the lions he works with since they were cubs. As a rule, Richardson only interacts with lions he has been with since their birth.
The lion population in Africa has dropped from about 350,000 to an estimated 25,000 during a fifteen-year-span. Richardson hopes the media attention of his movies will raise public awareness and educate them on the need to protect and conserve Africa's animals. Lion hunts in South Africa garner more than 90 million dollars (£60 million) a year according to the Professional Hunters Association. Trophy hunting is worth $91.2 million a year and foreign tourists sometimes pay up to $40,000 to shoot a lion.
Posted by defconquell at 11:31 AM
Sunday, October 11, 2015
The Osmo is a 4K camera mounted atop a handheld stabilizer. It is designed to allow users to shoot smooth, high-quality video no matter how they hold it or move it. The 12-megapixel camera itself, the Zenmuse X3, is the same as the one that comes integrated with DJI’s Inspire 1 drone.
Built with DJI’s three-axis gimbal stabilization technology and a 94-degree field of view, the $649 Osmo was designed to shoot 60 minutes of no-shake 4K video with its built-in battery, or can be used to take high-quality still photos. - review by Fast Company
Posted by defconquell at 3:14 AM
Friday, October 9, 2015
"Edge of Seventeen" is a song written and recorded by American singer-songwriter Stevie Nicks. It was the third single from her 1981 solo debut album, Bella Donna.
According to Nicks, the title came from a conversation she had with Tom Petty's first wife, Jane, about the couple's first meeting. She was telling me about Tom, about when she met him, and she has an incredible Southern accent ... and she said that she met him at the age of seventeen, but I thought she said 'edge,' and she said 'no ... age' and I said, 'Jane, forget it, it's got to be "edge." The "Edge of Seventeen" is perfect. I'm gonna write a song, ok? And I'm gonna give you credit.' She didn't believe me, you know? She couldn't believe it when it came out on the album."
At the time, Nicks was going out with producer Jimmy Iovine, and was with him when news of Lennon's assassination first broke. "Jimmy was absolutely best friends with John Lennon," she says. "So when that happened, a hush came over the house that was so overwhelming that there was nothing that I could do to help. There was nothing I could say, there was no way I could comfort him." Unable to help, Nicks flew home to Phoenix. "I went straight over to my uncle's house, and my uncle died that day. He died right there with me holding his hand, just me and my cousin, who's a little younger than me, sitting there on the bed and on the floor next to him."
"I have to deal with it every single night when I sing it," she says. "When that song starts, I go back to that week. And it's not like I try. I don't make a physical effort to do it. In my mind, my little timespace, I'm back in the house at Encino finding out that news, and when I sing it to everybody, I try to make them understand in a way what I was talking about without actually telling them."
Posted by defconquell at 1:39 PM